She's Out of Control

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She's Out of Control
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Stan Dragoti
Produced by Robert Kaufman
Stephen Deutsch
Written by Seth Winston
Michael J. Nathanson
Starring Tony Danza
Catherine Hicks
Ami Dolenz
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography Donald Peterman
Edited by Dov Hoenig
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
April 14, 1989
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $12,065,900

She's Out of Control is an independent American 1989 coming of age comedy film starring Tony Danza, Ami Dolenz and Catherine Hicks.[1] The original music score was composed by Alan Silvestri. The film was marketed with the tagline ". . . girls go wild, guys go crazy and Dads go nuts." The film was shot with the working title Daddy's Little Girl.


Widower Doug Simpson (Danza) is a radio producer from California who lives with his two daughters, Katie (Dolenz) and Bonnie (Laura Mooney). When his oldest daughter (Katie) turns 15, she suggests to her father that's it's time for her to start looking more grown-up. For the last 14 years, Katie had been wearing dowdy clothes, braces, and thick glasses and hanging around with Richard, her next-door neighbor and long-time boyfriend (who had won Doug's approval); but when Doug leaves on a business trip, Katie transforms herself, along with the help of Doug's fiancée Janet Pearson (Hicks), into a knockout beauty.

When Doug returns, he is shocked to find boys from every walk of life interested in dating Katie. Janet suggests that Doug needs psychiatric help when his obsession with Katie and her boyfriends reaches extreme limits, and Doug seeks out an expert who gives him advice that goes wrong whenever Doug applies it. Throughout the latter half of the film, Katie maintains three boyfriends, two of whom she eventually stops dating. At the end of the film, Katie takes a class trip to Europe and reunites with Richard again – at which point Bonnie, her younger tomboy sister, begins her own dating spree. Doug also find out that the "expert" never actually had any practical advice, as he had never had a daughter himself.



Critical response[edit]

Based on 19 reviews, Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a rating of 11%.[2]

Chicago film critic Roger Ebert gave the film the rare zero stars rating on his written review of the film,[3] saying:

What planet did the makers of this film come from? What assumptions do they have about the purpose and quality of life? I ask because She's Out of Control is simultaneously so bizarre and so banal that it's a first: the first movie fabricated entirely from sitcom cliches and plastic lifestyles, without reference to any known plane of reality.

Leonard Maltin also panned the film, stating that it was a "superficial expanded sitcom with Danza offering a one-note performance," concluding with "this one seems as if it was spit out of a computer."[4]

The film was remade in Serbia as We Are Not Angels 2. Tony Danza earned a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actor for his performance in the film, but lost out to William Shatner for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.


The soundtrack, distributed by MCA Records in April 1989, was released on vinyl, cassette, and compact disc. The track listing includes:

  1. "Where's the Fire" – Troy Hinton
  2. "You Should Be Loving Me" – Brenda K. Starr
  3. "Concentration" – Phil Thornalley
  4. "The Loneliest Heart" – Boys Club
  5. "Hunger of Love" – Harold Faltermeyer
  6. "KHEY-FM Radio Sweeper" – Jim Ladd
  7. "Winning Side" – Oingo Boingo
  8. "Daddy's Little Girl" – Brian Wilson
  9. "Venus"Frankie Avalon
  10. "You Really Got Me" – The Kinks
  11. "Feel the Shake" – Jetboy

Other songs featured in the film that did not appear on the soundtrack:


  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ She's Out of Control at Rotten Tomatoes
  3. ^
  4. ^ Martin, Leonard (2006). Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide. Signet Books. p. 1159. ISBN 0-451-21265-7. 
  5. ^ beach scene

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